November 10, 2022

Books and Papers

I read quite a bit and at some point I wanted to keep track of what I have read. Occasionally I feel the urge to write a review/impression of what I read.

2022

  • Mythos, Stephen Fry
  • How to Build A Car, Adrian Newey
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • On Writing Well, William Zinsser
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
  • The Puzzler, A.J. Jacobs
  • Vårofferet, Lars Mytting
  • This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom
  • Min Kamp 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Hundene i Thessaloniki, Kjell Askildsen
  • Crucial Conversations, Joseph Grenny
  • Deep Thinking, Gary Kasparov
  • The Knowledge, Lewis Dartnell
  • To Engineer is Human, Henri Petroski
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, William J. Miller
  • How To Skate a 10k, Nils Van Der Poel
  • Mason & Dixon, Thomas Pynchon

2021

  • Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just as You Are, J. Matthews
  • Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
  • The Heroic Age of American, L. Sprague de Camp
  • Invention: A Life, James Dyson
  • The City and the City, China Miéville
  • How the World Was One, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mother Earth Mother Board, Neal Stephenson
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
  • Life: A User’s Manual, George Perec
  • Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  • The Coffee Atlas, James Hoffman
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity, David Allen
  • Our Ancestors, Italo Calvino
  • Shopclass as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford
  • The Salmon of Doubt, Douglas Adams
  • Ten Great Ideas About Chance, Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms
  • The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre
  • Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, Nadia Eghbal
  • Code, Charles Petzold
  • Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Energy and Civilization, Vaclav Smil
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams

2020

  • Heimskringla, del 1, Snorri Sturluson
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams
  • Energy: A Beginner’s Guide, Vaclav Smil
  • The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself and Win, Maria Konnikova
  • Der Verwandlung, Franz Kafka
  • Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure, Nadia Eghbal
  • Uncle Petros and the Goldbach Conjecture, Apostolos Doxiadis
  • The Magus, John Fowles
  • Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany
  • Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostojevski (Ignat Avsey translation)
  • Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
  • Der Kleine Prinz, Antoine Saint-Expury
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott
  • The Snow Leopard, Peter Mathiesson (unfinished)
  • Den Perfekte Spion, John Le Carré
  • The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant,
  • The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, Manual Lima
  • Sangen om Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • The Leopard, Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Bury My Heart at the Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
  • Travels, Michael Crichton
  • An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman
  • Unflattening, Nick Sousanis
  • Edison, Edmund Morris
  • OptArt, Robert Bosch
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Gerald Sussman, Harald Abelson
  • The Annotated Turing, Charles Petzold
  • The Mythical Man Month, Fred Brooks
  • Pragmatic Programmer, Andy Hunt and David Thomas
  • Every Tool is a Hammer, Adam Savage

2019

  • Markens Grøde, Knut Hamsun
  • The Emperor of All Maladies
  • Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
  • Blood River, Timothy Butcher
  • Creative People at Work (12 Case Studies), Doris B. Wallace and Howard E. Gruber
  • The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín
  • Men of Mathematics, E.T Bell
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham & Jason Zweig
  • Kim, Rudyard Kipling
  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Arnold Bennett
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  • Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher
  • Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  • The River of Consciousness, Oliver Sacks

2018

  • Ulysses, James Joyce (unfinished)
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace (unfinished)
  • The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman (unfinished)
  • The Remarkable Story of Risk, Peter L. Bernstein
  • Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Opposing Shore, Julian Gracq
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  • Second Variety, Philip K. Dick
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
  • The Mirror Maker, Primo Levi
  • Land ingen har sett, Edvard Hoem
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave, Frederick Douglass
  • Bror din på prærien, Edvard Hoem
  • The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. Guin
  • A Mathematicians Apology, G. H. Hardy
  • Dubliners, James Joyce
  • Road to Serfdom: With the Intellectuals and Socialism, Friedrich Hayek
  • Slåttekar i Himmelen, Edvard Hoem
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain

-2018

  • A Confederancy of Dunces, Peter O’Toole
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawkins
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • A Journey through Genius, William Dunham
  • A Leg to Stand On, Oliver Sacks
  • A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, Janna Levin
  • A Movable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  • A Painted House, John Grisham
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
  • About a Boy, Nick Hornby
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Alkymisten, Paulo Coelho
  • All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • Beatles, Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Bly, Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Bisettelsen, Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Behind the Door, Philip K. Dick
  • Birth of a Theorem, Cedric Villani
  • Black Hole Blues, Janna Levin
  • Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • Blindness, Jose Saramago
  • Born Standing Up, Steve Martin
  • Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
  • Burmese Days, George Orwell
  • Catch 22, Joseph Heller
  • Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • Descent into Hell, Charles Williams
  • Die Vollständige Maus, Art Spiegelman
  • Diverse, Dan Brown
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • Doppler, Erlend Loe
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman
  • El Principito, Antoine De Saint-Exupury
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Voyage, Alfred Lansing
  • Fakta om Finland, Erlend Loe
  • Fictions, Jose Borges
  • Flash Boys, Michael Lewis
  • Fooled By Randomness, Nassim Taleb
  • For Whom the Bells Toll, Ernest Hemingway
  • Genanse og Verdighet, Dag Solstad
  • Genius at Play, Sionhan Roberts
  • Georgs Magiske Medisin, Roald Dahl
  • Mathilda, Roald Dahl
  • Ghostwritten, David Mitchell
  • God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
  • Good Omens, Neil Gaiman
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • Haiene, Jens Bjørneboe
  • Ham on Rye, Charles Bukowski
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
  • Havets Katedral, Ildefonso Falcones
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  • Hobbiten, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • I am Legend, Richard Matheson
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
  • Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
  • Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
  • Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl
  • L, Erlend Loe
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
  • Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien
  • Love and Math, Edward Frenkl
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl
  • Matterhorn, Karl Marantes
  • Mengele Zoo, Gert Nygårdshaug
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • Millenium-trilogien, Stig Larsson
  • Min Bror: Fremmedlegionen, Elisabeth Nord
  • Muleum, Erlend Loe
  • Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks
  • Naiv.Super, Erlend Loe
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  • On the Move, Oliver Sacks
  • Playing for Pizza, John Grisham
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Quiet, Susan Cain
  • Rubicon, Tom Holland
  • Sailing Alone Around the World, Joshua Slocum
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
  • Sherlock Holmes, Conan A. Doyle
  • Slam, Nick Hornby
  • Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson
  • Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  • Sofie’s verden, Jostein Gaarder
  • Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  • Sult, Knut Hamsun
  • The Art of Ttravel, Alain de Botton
  • The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  • The Blade Itself, Joe Abercrombie
  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
  • The Dirt: Motley Crue, Neil Strauss
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  • The Firm, John Grisham
  • The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  • The Game, Neil Strauss
  • The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The King of Torts, John Grisham
  • The Kite Runner, Khaleid Hosseini
  • The Last Juror, John Grisham
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • The Rainmaker, John Grisham
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
  • The Shallows, Nicholas Carr
  • The Stranger, Albert Camus
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
  • The Tartar Steppe, Dino Buzzati
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Worldly Philosophers, William Dunham
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Abebe
  • Tusen Strålende Soler, Khaleid Hosseini
  • Upstream, Mary Oliver
  • The Use of Knowledge in Society, Friedrich Hayek
  • Ut Å Stjæle Hester, Per Petterson
  • V for Vendetta, Alan Moore
  • Vildanden, Henrik Ibsen
  • Volvo Lastvagnar, Erlend Loe
  • Wait, Frank Portnoy
  • Walden, Henry Thoreau
  • War, Sebastian Junger
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
  • Wheel of Time 1, Robert Jordan
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine De Saint-Exupury
  • Women, Charles Bukowski
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
  • Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzaki